This month, Alison Morton, our Property Finder for the Loire area, provides us with a guest post on French properties south of the river…

Think Loire Valley, think River Loire? Not necessarily. Away from the river itself lies some of the most beautiful and relatively unexplored countryside teeming with attractive property. The (very) good news is that it’s a lot cheaper than the equivalent on the river.

French property Longère in the Loire

For instance, I recently saw this well restored and outstandingly maintained 1850s longère. Set in a hamlet in open countryside between Montreuil-Bellay and Loudun, it’s an impressive house with many additional touches and would make a very comfortable and good value résidence secondaire ready to use immediately. Four bedrooms, beams throughout, mostly tiled floors, I think it’s a snip at €231,000.

French property with pool

Or this…   Built in the 1830s on a plot of 5,000m2, this large L-shaped property offers a spacious 300m2 of accommodation set in landscaped gardens with south-facing courtyard, in-ground swimming pool and views over the open countryside. With five bedrooms and three bathrooms, space isn’t a problem. If you’ve got €329,000 it’s  a serious prospect.

Stone house with a view south of the river loire

My last suggestion is this attractive stone house offering 200m2 of accommodation, said to date back to the time of Cardinal Richelieu (C16/C17). On the edge of a village, it was restored approximately 15 years ago and sits on a plot of 1480m2 with sweeping views over the countryside. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. This is a very pretty and well-maintained stone house available at a very competitive price €233,000.

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